Beyer Calls For Action on Gun Violence, Vows to Stand Up to NRA

Gun Control Event


Contact:  Ann O’Hanlon,

April 7, 2014 (Alexandria, VA) – Former Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer today called on voters to renew their push against gun violence, touting numerous commonsense solutions that he vowed to act upon if elected to Congress in November.

“Gun violence is a major issue right here in our neighborhoods, as well as throughout Virginia and the nation,” Beyer said.  “We need to take a comprehensive approach and stand up to the political bullying of the NRA.”

Beyer cited three legislative actions that would be on his congressional agenda.  First, he said, he would call for a repeal of the 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which shields gun manufacturers from any liability.  Second, Beyer said, he would work to close the gun show and private sale loophole.  And finally, he said, he would push to improve reporting to the background check database by the states.

Beyer vowed to be a leader on the issue and dispel political fear of the extremists in the Washington gun lobby.  He asked supporters to sign a petition joining him.

The event took place at a school in central Alexandria, near all three of the homes that have been the scene of unsolved murders in the last 11 years, the most recent just two months ago.